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Monte  Kent  Meier
     Monte Kent Meier, 55, of North Platte passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Monte was born August 2, 1957, in Holdrege to Victor and Mildred Elaine Whitehead Meier.
     He grew up in Loomis and graduated from Loomis High School in 1975 where he excelled in football and baseball. He then attended Kearney State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business in 1980. He was affiliated with Beta Sigma Psi fraternity.
     On July 29, 1977, Monte married his high school sweetheart, Cherrise Lanette McGee, in Holdrege. They lived in Kearney until 1980 when they moved to North Platte.
     Monte worked for General Glass and Larry''s Glass until he lost his sight in 1984. He then invested his time raising his three sons and designing handcrafted decorative mirrors with his wife, Cherrise.
     After losing his sight, Monte developed a love for country music and talk radio. He was a lifelong diabetic and had a successful kidney transplant in 1994. Throughout his life, what he enjoyed most was spending time with and talking with his family and friends.
     He was a dedicated woodworker, lifelong Husker fan, and faithful member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
     He is survived by his loving wife of North Platte; three sons, Brandon (Beth) Meier of Edmond, Okla., Logan (Emily) Meier of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Austin Meier of Bertrand; a grandson, Brady Meier; two sisters, Victoria (Bud) Philips of Wamego, Kans., and Ramona (Jeff) Davis of Grovetown, Ga.; a brother, Reg Meier of Grand Island; several nieces, nephews and other family.
     He was preceded in death by his nephew, Josh Blessing, and his parents.
     Cremation was chosen. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at Hope Lutheran Church in Smithfield with Pastor Tim Glendening officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Bertrand Cemetery. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
 
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 5/29/2013
 
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